Ernest C. Hall

From Ohio History Central

Ernest C. Hall was an important aviation figure during the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s.

Born in 1890, in Warren, Ohio, Hall first flew in 1909. The Wright Brothers were among his flight teachers. In 1915, Hall opened his own flight school, the Hall Flying School, at Conneaut Lake, Ohio, using a Wright Model G flying boat. During World War I, he trained pilots at the Curtiss School of Aviation in Newport News, Virginia and then at Call Field in Texas.

Following World War I, Hall returned to Warren, where he established a new flight school. Hall used his own airport to conduct lessons. Due to his knowledge of planes and flying, in January 1936, Ohio Governor Martin L. Davey appointed Hall as the Director of the Bureau of Aeronautics. He held this position only for a brief time before returning to his flying school in Warren. Hall continued to teach flying at this school until his death on December 5, 1972. Many scholars believe that Hall was the first man to remain employed continuously in the aviation field for fifty years. In 1959, the Ohio General Assembly honored Hall for his contributions to aviation.

Hall illustrates the important role that Ohioans have played in aviation. With such important names as the Wright Brothers, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, and numerous others, Ohioans have been at the forefront of aviation history.

See Also


  1. Crouch, Tom D. The Giant Leap: A Chronology of Ohio Aerospace Events and Personalities, 1815-1969. Columbus: The Ohio History Connection, 1971.